2 SISTERS PROPOSED CLOSURE – MSP VISITS 2 SISTERS PLANT FOR THIRD TIME IN A WEEK

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2 SISTERS PROPOSED CLOSURE – MSP VISITS 2 SISTERS PLANT FOR THIRD TIME IN A WEEK

SNP MSP Clare Haughey has once more visited the 2 Sisters plant in Cambuslang – her third meeting since the announcement of its proposed closure.

Nine hundred jobs are under threat at three poultry plants across the UK belonging to 2 Sisters Food Group – 450 of which are in Cambuslang.

After meetings with the workforce and senior management two weeks ago, Ms Haughey visited the site last Thursday (15th February) to speak to Scot Walker from Unite to discuss the trade union’s response to the 2 Sisters ongoing consultation, and of how both can work together to assist the workers.

Afterwards, the MSP along with Councillor Katy Loudon visited Sonic Stainless Limited, a neighbouring business, to hear from the owner about how the proposed closure would affect his company.

Commenting, Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey said:

“When the news broke last week I was devastated for the workers of the plant. 450 is a substantial number of jobs to lose, so I am doing everything I can to keep these jobs in Cambuslang and minimise the risk of redundancies.

“At the beginning of last week, I spoke with the Scottish Government’s business minister, Paul Wheelhouse, and he made it abundantly clear that the government is leaving no stone unturned in helping the company and the workforce through this worrying time.

“The affect the closure would have on other local businesses would be incredibly damaging, so it is vital that all relevant stakeholders can continue to work together for a positive outcome.”

After meeting with Ms Haughey, Scott McMahon, owner of neighbouring Sonic Stainless Limited, added:

“I was shocked to hear the news of the 2 Sisters proposed closure. I have a number of contracts with the firm and they are my biggest customer, so unfortunately this would have a serious knock-on effect on my business too.

“If the site were to close it would be a huge blow for Cambuslang, therefore I hope the long-term future of the company and the workforce can be secured as a priority.”

ENDS

Notes:

Below is a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP with Scott McMahon of Sonic Stainless Ltd (15th February 2018).

20180215 - Clare Haughey MSP with Scott McMahon of Sonic Stainless Ltd

Date published: 19th February 2018

 

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